Historian Jack Neely to share little-known stories about Adolph Ochs
Knoxville historian Jack Neely will share some little-known stories about Adolph Ochs and his fascinating refugee-immigrant family in post-Civil War Knoxville as part of a Knoxville History Project event at Maple Hall. Much of Neely’s talk will be based on recent research as a lead-in to the next two other events in September.
Ochs (March 12, 1858 – April 8, 1935) is best known as a newspaper publisher and former owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times (now the Chattanooga Times Free Press).
Georgiana Vines, a charter member of ETSPJ and a former national SPJ president who spearheaded the historical efforts to honor Ochs, also will speak.
This event is part of three events by the East Tennessee chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, The Front Page Foundation and the Knoxville History Project to highlight the beginnings of Ochs’ newspaper career in downtown Knoxville that ultimately ended with the founding of The New York Times.